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Open House & Pool Party at the Posnack JCC

Open House & Pool Party at the Posnack JCC

When: Sunday, August 28, 9 a.m. till 2 p.m. Pool party begins at 11 a.m. Come any time you like, and stay for as long as you like.

What: This is much like the Fitness Day that was offered by the JCC last month, only with a LOT more going on. Enjoy a fun-filled day of FREE classes at the JCC including spin, Zumba, yoga, belly dancing, Israeli dance, baseball, racquetball, basketball, tennis, plus Wallyball (indoor volleyball), pool party, music, and more! The classes are offered by the JCC sports and fitness department, and will start at 9 a.m. Wallyball will be available from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m., with a special beginner’s clinic at 10 a.m. Pool party and main event will be from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. Free samples of energy drinks and the latest healthy snacks will be available. Hot dogs & hamburgers will be available for purchase poolside.

Where: Enter through the sports complex entrance of the David Posnack JCC, 5850 Pine Island Road, Davie. 954-434-0499, ext 100.

Directions: Take I 95 to Stirling Road in Hollywood, and go west. Go past University Drive to the next light, and turn right onto Pine Island Road. Make your first right into the JCC parking lot. Make a quick left, and enter through the doors on your right.

Bring: Sneakers, workout clothes, sunscreen, and a swimsuit. Also bring a towel, and a change of clothes for afterwards, if you like.

Cost: FREE for everyone. The JCC wants everyone to see what they have to offer, so come on out and have some fun!

Contact: No RSVP required. For more information, call Rick Dronsky at 954-435-3388 or send him an email at vp@southfloridamosaic.or

Shabbat Dinner at a Private Residence

Shabbat Dinner at a Private Residence (Adults Only - No Children Please)

When: Friday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m.

What: Please join us for a wonderful Shabbat dinner evening with delicious food, stimulating conversation, and new friends.

Where: Private residence in East Boca Raton.

Directions: Please e-mail your Name, Age, Address, Email address, and Cell phone number to Confirmed participants will have the directions e-mailed to them a few days prior to the event. This special event is limited to 14 people.

Cost: Free to everyone! Please bring a Bottle of Kosher Wine, Kosher Liquor or a pre-packaged Kosher/Parve Dessert. All other food will be provided.

Contact: Stacey Cohen at with any questions.

RSVP: Please RSVP early. This special event is limited to 14 people, adults only.

SPECIAL NOTE: This event is limited to 14 people and you must receive an emailed confirmation to attend this event.

Our Next Shabbat Dinner: If you would like to volunteer your home for a future Shabbat dinner, please let Stacey know at email address above.

Key Biscayne Sunset Paddle Boarding & Lesson with Mosaic

Key Biscayne Sunset Paddle Boarding & Lesson

When: Sunday, August 21, 5 p.m.

What: Paddle boarding, a hybrid of kayaking and surfing, is catching fire as a great way to get a workout and enjoy the beauty of nature at the same time. We will have an instructor / guide for this very fun and picturesque paddle from one of South Florida's most scenic beaches at sunset.

Where: Key Biscayne Paddle Boarding Center, Lubo's Place, Virginia Key, on the right just before Miami Seaquarium.

Directions: I-95 S to Exit 1A toward Key Biscayne/Rickenbacker Causeway. Turn left onto SW 26 Rd. Continue onto FL 913 S/Rickenbacker Causeway. Go over the big bridge and watch closely on the right. In about 3/4 miles, you will see 3 trailers, Stand Up Paddling SUP & Bicycling Rental. Phone number: 786-301-3557.

Bring: A quart or two of water, sunscreen, insect repellant, sunglasses with cord, a hat, water shoes, bathing suit, towel, change of clothes and cash or check (exact change preferred, thanks) to pay for event and extra for meal after event if folks wish to grab a bite to eat.

Cost: $28 for Mosaic Members, $33 for Non-Members.

Contact: Rich Chesen at 954-449-3335 or email at

RSVP: Please RSVP by Saturday, August 20.

Sea Turtle Hatchling Release and Slide Show/Lecture at Ann Kolb Nature Center

Sea Turtle Hatchling Release and Slide Show/Lecture at Ann Kolb Nature Center

When: Friday, August 19, 7:30 p.m.

What: We will meet at the beautiful Ann Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park. We'll gather for a one-hour slide presentation and lecture (with question and answer session) about the sea turtles, their habitat, breeding, nesting, conservation efforts, and current problems. Immediately after the presentation we will drive over to the beach, park (bring quarters for the meters) and watch the release of the baby sea turtle hatchlings. The program length (slide show and release) is approximately 1.5 hours.

Where: Anne Kolb Nature Center on West Lake Park, 751 Sheridan Street, Hollywood, FL 33019, 954-357-5161.

Directions to the park: Take the Sheridan Street exit from I-95, and head east past US-1 (Federal Hwy). The nature center is on your left about 1/2 mile from US 1, just over the small bridge, but before the Intracoastal drawbridge.

Bring: Quarters for parking at the beach. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that can get sandy.

Cost: $10 for Mosaic Members, $15 for Non-Members. This event is likely to sell out due to limited space availability of 25 people. Please make checks payable to “Mosaic” and mail to Abbe, but call or email for her address. Please include your email address and cell phone number so she can confirm receipt and also in case the event gets cancelled due to severe (hurricane or tropical storm) weather. Please make reservations early, as there are only 25 tickets available for us.

Contact: Abbe Gleicher at or call 954-663-6682. Email is preferred.

Laser Tag & Chinese Dinner

Laser Tag & Chinese Dinner

When: Sunday, August 14, 3:45 p.m. We will enter the arena a little after 4 p.m., so please be on time. Dinner afterwards will follow at 6 p.m.

What: Play laser tag in the Laser Quest 10,000 square-foot, multi-level maze. We will play three 20-minute "missions," with a 20-minute break in between each session. Laser tag is played inside a large air-conditioned building with numerous barricades, alcoves and multiple levels to provide hiding spaces for participants. Use state-of-the-art “laser” guns to shoot at each other, and score points when you hit your opponent’s laser-sensitive vests and helmets. It’s safe, fun, easy to learn, and anyone can play! It’s fine for little kids as well. Kids usually start playing at about age 5. They even allow parents to wear the vest for the kids, while their kids shoot the laser.

Where: Laser Quest, 2101 North University Drive, Sunrise, 954-747-1474.

Directions: From the North: Exit I-95 at Sunrise Blvd. and head west. After about 5 miles you'll hit University Drive. Take a right (north) and Laser Quest is on the west side of University Dr., located in Sunset Square Shopping Center, next to Planet Fitness. From the South: Take I-95 to I-595 west. Go to the University Drive, exit and go north (right) on University Dr. Go about 3.8 miles. Just past Sunrise Blvd., you will find Laser Quest on the west side of University Dr., located in Sunset Square Shopping Center, next to Planet Fitness.

Cost: $21 for Mosaic Members, $26 for Non-Members. Kids ages 17 and under pay $18. This includes three games of laser tag. The regular price per game is $8. Bring money for a Chinese buffet dinner afterwards at China Buffet, next door, cost $10 plus tax and tip.

Contact: RSVP requested but not required. Limit of 30 people. For more information or to RSVP, call Rick Dronsky at 954-435-3388 or email him at

Bet Breira Samu El Or Olom Youth Group Kickoff

BBSOO Youth Group Kickoff

When: Sunday, August 28, 2011

Where: Dave and Busters @ the Dolphin Mall

Time: 11:30- 2:30

Price: $30 Come hungry for lunch, each child gets a power card worth 72 chips and we have a private room with pool tables!

BBFTY/JBBFTY and USY/Kadima are Bet Breira Samu El Or Olom’s youth groups for all 6th -12th graders. You do not need to become a member to attend kickoff or be a member of BBSOO to join.

Please contact Jenine Simon, Youth Director at (786) 293-6604 or with any questions. R.S.V.P by August 25th.

You MUST have a completed application and permission form to attend kickoff.

Everyone is welcome and bring your friends!!!!

Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom  9400 SW 87 Ave Miami, Fl 33176  (305)595-1500  Fax (305)279-414

Dr. Harry Hamburger

Dr. Harry Hamburger announces the availability of his new illustrated book of Chassidic Poetry entitled, "I See Only Light", with noted artist and co-author Shonnah Brombacher.

You may visit the book website to see some of the poems and artwork at:

You can also see the voice trailer on YouTube under the title I See Only Light

The book may be ordered from

"This book with inspire and help everyone to find their inner spiritual light"

CAJE Launches the Jewish New Teacher Project: A Proven, Two-Year Systematic Mentoring Program for Beginning Teachers

In a few short weeks teachers and students will return to school. Many are excited to greet friends, others hesitant to start a new school. We're all familiar with the anxieties of new students, but what we don't often consider are the challenges of first or second-year teachers. About 40% of new teachers leave the field within three to five years because they don't feel supported in a profession that can often be quite isolating.

The Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education, CAJE, the communal agency that drives improvement and expansion of Jewish educational opportunities understands these challenges and is taking action. This fall CAJE will officially launch the Jewish New Teacher Project in Miami thanks to the generous support of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. The first group will consist of seven veteran teachers and seven new teachers. Mentors will meet with beginning teachers on a weekly basis for two years and will step through an intensive program that reviews and reflects on a beginning teacher's ability to meet best practices in critical areas such as instructional planning and strategies, classroom management, and curriculum design. Participating schools include: Temple Beth Am Day School, the Samuel Scheck Hillel Community Day School, Brauser Maimonides, Hillel Day School in Boca Raton and Torah Academy of Boca Raton. Several other Miami-Dade Jewish day schools are considering joining cohort one.

The Jewish New Teacher Project began in New York with the support of the Avi Chai Foundation, the Jim Joseph Foundation, and the UJA-Federation of New York and it's modeled after the preeminent New Teacher Center in Santa Cruz, CA, a program with indisputable impact. A full 94% of teachers who participate in the New Teacher Project remain in the field after seven years.

Before the official launch, CAJE tested the model in several local Jewish Day Schools. Rabbi Sova, a second -year middle school Judaics teacher at the Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Greater Miami Hebrew Academy, was part of this preliminary group. Rabbi Sova explains, "I wouldn't be in the field of teaching today were it not for the Jewish New Teacher Project and the mentoring I received. I am thankful to my Head of School, Dr. Roni Raab for presenting this opportunity. "

Rabbi Sova and his mentor, Valerie Mitrani, Director of Educational Services at CAJE, worked together in a highly reflective, non-judgmental manner. Rabbi Sova stepped through the process of intense personal evaluation and assessment that touched every aspect of his teaching. He gives an example of the kind of help he received from Valerie and how it impacted his students' learning. "I had a vision of the kind of teacher I wanted to be. I didn't want to stand in front of the class and lecture. I wanted the students to be excited, engaged and connect the text to their own life."

Rabbi Sova wanted the students to explore texts, literal translations and deeper explanations and relate critical thinking in small groups, while he maintained classroom decorum and kept up with each group's progress. This required tactical, on-the-ground planning. Through the mentoring process, he created a unique and enriching environment for his students. The mentoring process was highly specific to his classroom's needs and changes were made in real time. In the end, he developed a color-coded system for each step in the learning process. The text was white, the translation green, the explanation blue and the critical thinking questions were yellow. By scanning the groups, Rabbi Sova could easily see where the students were in their lesson. This method enabled him to provide more learning to faster groups and assist slower groups.

This is one example of the kind of support new teachers require to realize their full potential and remain teaching through the initial challenging years. Many point to the limited number of quality Jewish teachers as a key challenge for the Jewish community. In addition to increasing the retention rate of new teachers in the field, this research-based process provides new teachers with tools to develop effective instructional practices at the outset of their careers. At the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education we are working hard to give teachers support. Julie Lambert, Director of Educational Services at CAJE sums it up, "At CAJE, we believe that a good school is a place where teachers and students alike learn and develop every day. In the end, it's all about the students. Better teaching means better learning which leads to increased student performance and achievement. It's all about the kids."

For more information, contact Mimi Klimberg: 305-576-4030 ext. 147 or email Learn more about our programs and services at:

The Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE) drives improvement and expansion of Jewish educational opportunities in Miami for all.

CAJE is a beneficiary agency of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

Beth David Centennial Membership Offer

Join Our Family!

Beth David Congregation Centennial Membership Offer

Any individual or family who has not been a member of our Beth David family may join for the special centennial price of $100, valid until June 30, 2012. We will also defer the building fee for that time. This price applies to 1st time members or those who have not been a member for at least 3 years.

For more information on membership, visit http://bethdavidmiami.or/pdf/membership-application.pdf or email

Beth David Turns 100!

Beth David has touched many lives. Was yours one of them?

Beth David, Miami’s first congregation, will celebrate 100 years of service to the South Florida community in 2012! The Celebration kicks off this September 2011. Be a part of something historic.

To get connected, email to join our mailing list, or call 305.854.3911 x210.

For more information on ways to get involved in this historic event, visit

Save the Date: Beth David Centennial Gala - March 24, 2012